Sunday, February 05, 2006


They are throwing a homecoming party this weekend at the Beach and for the basketball teams they hope that the friendly confines will be chicken soup for the soul and a bandage to stop the bleeding.

In a week where the U will likely name a new Athletic Director, the CEOs of HOOP, men’s coach Larry Reynolds and women’s coach Mary Hegarty, need to freshen up the resume and correct a course that has them falling out of a first round bye in the Big West basketball tourney.
From second to a nervous fourth for the men’s team and from unbeaten to a loser of two straight for the ladies, Beach basketball had hopes of getting an easier dance card in the BWC party next month. Considering difficult future 49er schedules both teams are in need of a reversal of fortune.

On Thursday night the Niner men take on Cal Poly and then on Saturday the Beach ladies tip it up against Pacific at 3 p.m. followed at 5:30 by the men versus UCSB. The following weeks have the men traveling to Manhattan and UCI and the women at Cal Poly and Santa Barbara, key contests for seedings in the BWC tourney March 8-11. For homecoming info contact Nancy Becker at 562/985-7022 and for who’s going to win, call my Uncle Guido in Vegas.

BASE DUSTING—As tough as last week was for the LB basketeers and men’s volleyball (losing to Penn State), the sun shined on the Dirtbag baseball team as they broomed Southern Cal with a three game sweep, all of them featuring some come from behind magic. Uncertain about offense, the young Niners got hits from 12 different players, banged the Trojan pitchers at a .354 clip and rolled out another outstanding arsenal of pitchers. This weekend the Weather men travel to Berkeley for three games against Cal.

Behind the orange curtain, Niner nemesis #5 Fullerton gave up untimely home runs, balks, and errors in losing three straight to unranked Stanford while #1 ranked Texas was swept by San Diego. Sometimes the ball ain’t round.

Back to the Bags, the Beach boys got offensive production up and down the order and off the bench when 10 Niners had two or more hits with freshmen shortstop sensation Danny Espinosa 6-13, hitting .462, driving in four runs and perfect in the field. Let’s see, Bobby Crosby then Troy Tulowitzki and now Espinosa, can you say LBSU is Shortstop U?

EX-Rated News Dept…The San Diego Padres of San Diego are happy with their Dirtbag connection, first-round pick Cesar Ramos and sixth-round selection, Neil Jamison. At Eugene, OR Neil was lights-out in 25 appearances and then took it up a notch at Fort Wayne, with 12 strikeouts and five walks in 10 innings. His blood lines include father, Tom who played baseball at Santa Clara and mother, Kathy, a softball player at San Diego State…next EX is an assistant from the original 1989 D Bag bunch Dave “Mousetrap” Malpass who was just named the major league advance scout for the Cleveland Indians…Malpass is the guy who came up with the term Dirtbags when his infielders came back into the locker room after collecting a lot of soil from Whaley Park…

CLOSING QUOTE: On hand all weekend was the new King of the Beach (President Alexander) who even survived his visits with the left field loonies who of course sit in the right field stands. Friday night was a record crowd, a hundred pro scouts and the debut of the new Blair Field Fog Machine, or so the visitors thought. “SC says Fight On and the umps said Play On.”—DR. DAN


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